We are excited to welcome Shelley King, Official Texas State Musician, back to Arhaven House Concerts, solo and unplugged. She has built a solid national career as a singer and songwriter who is both a successful solo artist and leader of a formidable band of Austin’s finest musicians. Her soul-filled, earthy Americana sound is rooted in southern gospel and blues, dampened by the Gulf-borne humidity of Louisiana, nourished by the river loam of Muscle Shoals, then cleansed by the hot springs of her native Arkansas, with a little Texas country bubbling underneath. Shelley performs over 180 dates a year at venues from coffee shops and house concerts to big theaters and major festivals across the world. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band and released seven albums of original music to rave reviews and radio chart success. Her songs have appeared in feature films and have been recorded by numerous artists, including Karen Mal, Toni Price, and Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra.
“King does the Lone Star State and its capital city proud.” -- Rob Patterson, Lonestar Music Magazine
"One of the State's Best Voices” -- San Antonio Express-News
“With her smoky, sultry vocals and smart, soulful songs, King is easily one of the finest singer/songwriters on the Austin music scene. She is a powerful, formidable presence on stage and her live performances are legendary among local music fans.” -- The Examiner
“When Shelley King sings, her large almond-shaped eyes seem to look directly at members of her audience; she directs words that feel personal. She creates a spiritual-like connection that speaks volumes about the ways in which people live, love and relate to their environments.” -- The Alternate Root
“The woman’s voice is as natural a wonder as you’re likely to hear today, coming from that place where feelings run deep and without affectation. She obviously has some kind of direct line to greatness” -- Bill Bentley, Bentley's Bandstand
"She's the player who can hit all the balls, from bluesy balladry and gospel to zydeco and country swamp pop with righteous force." -- Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
"Austin artist Shelley King is the real deal. Roustabout, N'awlins-style arrangements back up her rich, burnished, lived-in voice to truly goosebumpworthy effect." -- Critic's Pick, Time Out New York